Reston, VA asked in Consumer Law and Personal Injury for Virginia

Q: Can I sue a college over late letters of recommendation from faculty?

Hello, I am a graduate student and I requested letters of recommendation for doctoral studies from both my graduate and undergraduate faculty from two different schools and they both turned the letters in late even though we had communicated via email prior. Once I saw that the letters were late via the portal, I contacted the head of the department that I was applying to and let them know that the letters were late but asked for my application to have a fair chance at being read. I immediately within the hour received a denial letter from the school I applied to. Am I able to sue the two schools for the late letters?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry this happened to you. Unfortunately, one of the issues that would confront a law firm that contemplated such a case would be the determination of damages, absence of contract issues and uncertainties aside. You could reach out to law firms to ask their opinions. I hope you are able to get your doctoral studies back on track. Good luck

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